Sophisticated Relaxed Shiny

Hello, hello, hello!  Gosh, I haven’t written since July of last year.  There are a few makes that I could go back and talk about but I feel like I’ve captured them well enough on Instagram and my time is better spent looking forward to the new year.

I’m hopeful that this will be a good year.  It will be the first full year spent in my new home, the year my daughter begins Kindergarten (whoop whoop!) and the year I get more sewing done than last year.  Right? Yes? Good.

My head is spinning with “to dos”.  I have lots to do in our new home while I’m proud to announce that I’m roughly 80% done packing after 4 months.  My time is taken up driving my daughter 35 minutes to and from school, in our old neighborhood, and soon, I will have a two-year-old son that will challenge all my plans/hopes and dreams!  I have so many time management challenges ahead.

That said, I really, really, really want to sew more. And, I want to sew things I need and love.  Back in September of last year, when I didn’t have a lot of sewing in process, I decided to check out the Seamwork Design Your Wardrobe program.  My understanding is that it is a three week program hosted twice a year that will help you plan your sewing.  As a member, you have access to the DYW resources at any time.

My absolute number one reason for deciding to try this out was my frustration with never having anything to wear because I genuinely didn’t know what I wanted to wear. I sleep. I’m home with my kids most days.  I run errands only when absolutely necessary.  And I have a rare but necessary girl’s-night-out or date-night roughly once a month. These are the most common activities that I need to dress for and I want to look good. I feel like I haven’t looked good consistently, for a long time.

The first week of the Design Your Wardrobe resources focuses on setting goals, collecting inspiration, and deciding on a concept, or story, that unifies your wardrobe.  My concept amounted to three words:  Sophisticated Relaxed Shiny.

I could spend some time summing up how I got to this concept but I’m afraid if I revisit it I’ll think about it too much and change my mind.  Let’s just say this, I want to look my age, put together but at ease and I need a little bling because it makes me happy to channel J-Lo from time to time.

The last step of Week One is the creation of a mood board.   I love my board and again, I could iterate a bit but I want to move forward.  This will be the foundation for what I make this year and what my wardrobe will look like after some time.

design your wardrobe 2019

What do you think?



2 thoughts on “Sophisticated Relaxed Shiny

  1. Oh my goodness, this was me at this time last year! Son in kinder, daughter at home, just moved into a new house. . . I wish I could say my house is exactly the way I want it and I got tons of sewing done, but best laid plans. . . ha ha. I’m sure you’ll do much better than I did! Your palette is lovely, and casual chic with a bit of bling is fantastic.


    1. Having young kids is tough, right?! And moving, it’s been a challenge. I find myself mostly planning! lol I hope that this year is different and I can be satisfied the amount of sewing that I actually do. Can’t wait to see your Moneta dress! 😉 I also have the Ginger jeans and Jenny overalls in queue…well, I have the patterns but I’m not sure how they’ll fit into the Design Your Wardrobe plans. Thanks for dropping by!


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